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It's the ultimate food fight
Fresh, juicy, red and tangy; who doesn't love tomatoes? While their flavoursome appeal is undeniable, they may not be the first food that comes to mind as a weapon for a food fight. Unless of course you're planning a visit to the most famous food fight of them all - La Tomatino in Valencia, Spain.
Well, now you don't have to travel all the way to Spain to cross 'huge tomato fight' off your bucket list. You can experience all the fun of flying tomatoes at Tomato Battle in the shadows of the West Gate Freeway, Southbank, on Saturday 20 February 2016.
While the emphasis of the event is firmly (or should that be squishily?) on fun with tomatoes, that's not all that this event is about. Tomato Battle works with its global charity partner, feedOne to provide food for at least 100 underprivileged children from each of its tomato throwing events. When you register you also have the option to round up your total to the nearest dollar, with the extra cents donated to feedOne.
And what about the tomatoes? I hear you ask. There's no food wastage here. Tomato Battle will source its tomatoes from Kapiris Bros. Farms, and they'll be the ones that are spoiled or over-ripe. This is a fun exercise in recycling. Instead of being dumped you can enjoy the delights of fighting with 30 tonnes of tomatoes, which will then be shovelled up and recycled.
The event kicks off at 1pm on Saturday 20 February 2016 and apart from the ultimate food fight, participants can enjoy musical entertainment (the Melbourne lineup is yet to be announced), food stalls and bars. You must register and pay online. Registrations for the event will be opening soon. Check this link for further information. Registration entitles you to access to the battle, all concert acts and all food and beverage suppliers.
Come in old, casual clothing that you don't mind getting covered in tomato pulp. It's a good idea to wear goggles because tomato juice can sting. You're also encouraged to come in costume for a chance to win $100. Every Tomato Battle participant can also have free photos taken by professional photographers
Registration: You must register and pay online. There's a sliding scale of registration costs, depending on when you register. Prices range from Earlybird registration ($34.99 plus fee), which will be available soon, through to Full Price registration of $59.99. Check here for more details.